Chile imposes lockdowns to fight new Covid wave despite vaccination success

Chile imposes lockdowns to fight new Covid wave despite vaccination success

The Guardian

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Nearly half the population has received at least one vaccine dose but residents of the capital and other regions faces strict new curbs

Despite mounting the world’s fastest per-capita Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Chile has been forced to announce strict new lockdowns as it plunges deeper into a severe second wave of cases which is stretching intensive care capacity.

Chile trails only Israel and the UAE in vaccine doses per 100 inhabitants worldwide, but new cases have risen quickly amid mixed health messaging, travel over the southern hemisphere summer holidays and the circulation of new variants.

Related: Chile emerges as global leader in Covid inoculations with ‘pragmatic strategy’

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